Next week, Plague Vendor will be bringing their exhilarating, unpredictable and confrontational live show to the UK for the first time, with a three date soiree taking in a pair of East London sweatboxes and an in-store at Kingston’s Punk mecca Banquet Records. The Voodoo Punk quartet, fronted by livewire banshee vocalist Brandon Blaine, will be laying waste to venues on the dates below…
20th May – Banquet Records In-Store
21st May – The Sebright Arms (supporting Big Ups)
22nd May – The Old Blue Last (FREE)
Plague Vendor’s gritty brand of rock was birthed by four friends with a predilection for dark tones and instinctual playing in their hometown of Whittier, California. Early shows were raucous and treacherous, with a sense of shock value, making it clear that Plague Vendor was peddling something formidable. After a number of house parties, sullied club gigs, and warehouse shows under their belts, Plague Vendor quickly became synonymous with wild nights, bad decisions, and good times.
Their inaugural album, Free to Eat, on Epitaph, Plague Vendor embraces multiple sensibilities at once, veering rapidly from aggressive thrash to melodic introspection, compressing the range of human experience into ten rapid-fire, in-your-face songs. Everything was recorded live in the studio, using only two or three takes, and no overdubs were added to the songs. A shadowed, dark vibe flows throughout the tracks, and for Blaine, the words are important. The songs say something worthwhile, revealing subconscious interpretations of the musicians’ experiences and ideas.
Plague Vendor is an undeniable force, simultaneously dangerous and comforting, and predicated on the meaning its own name invokes.
Free To Eat Tracklisting:
01. Black Sap Scriptures
02. Curses Love, Hexed Lust
03. Breakdance on Broken Glass
04. My Tongue is So Treacherous
06. Plague Vendor
07. Finical Fatalist
08. Seek the Ruby Scarab
09. Garden Lanterns
10. Neophron Percnopterous
Free to Eat is available now at: http://uk.kingsroadmerch.com/epitaph-records/?id=2346
Watch ‘Black Sap Scriptures’ here:
“The brattiest and most urgent punk to burst out of speakers in 2014” – NME
“One of the most confident, self-assured debuts of the year” – DIY
“Voodoo Punk, it fucking shreds” – PITCHFORK